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Operations Plan

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Our operations plan serves as a guide for keeping our school community safe. Our classrooms will be open for in-person (face-to-face) instruction. Online learning will only be available on an individual basis for quarantine or medical necessity. School principals must approve online learning requests.

If you have questions and/or concerns, please call the District Office at 620-371-1000.

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    Masks will be optional for all students and staff. Sanitizing stations will be available in high traffic areas. 

    Nurse/Health Personnel

    • School nursing staff will provide COVID-19 health reports to the building principal and Safety and Security Director. 
    • Nurse’s office will provide the following information:
      • Where staff and students can be tested for COVID-19
      • Tools that help students families and staff self-screen for COVID-19 illness

    School Response Confirmed Case of COVID-19 In the Building

    • As soon as the school staff becomes aware of a student or employee that has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, the custodial staff will be informed so that all desks, lockers and workspaces of the person are thoroughly disinfected. 

    Care Rooms for Students With Physical Needs

    • Each school will designate a location for the care of special care needs, such as suctioning, tube feeding and nebulizers to minimize exposure to students who might be ill. The room will be disinfected frequently, and all staff members presented will wear appropriate PPE. The student will be provided a mask. 

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    Stage 1 | Low Risk | Prevention | Previous 14 days show no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or students.

    • Health prevention measures are in place.
    • Daily intensive cleaning and frequent cleaning of common areas.
    • Limited visitor access.
    • Monitoring virus trends in the community via health departments.

    Stage 2 | Low Risk | Mitigation | Previous 14 days show one or more confirmed case(s) of COVID-19 at one facility.

    • Persons who came in close contact of an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be contacted and advised to follow CDC health guidelines and the guidelines of the Ford County Health Department.
    • Affected area is closed for deep cleaning.
    • Self-health monitoring, prevention information and stay home if ill communication to all persons at the facility.
    • A short-term closure of the facility may be necessary. 

    Stage 3 | Moderate Risk | Modified Operations | Previous 14 days show confirmed COVID-19 cases in one specific area (ie: classroom) reaches 10%.

    • Individuals in that area may be advised to self-quarantine per CDC health guidelines and the guidelines of the Ford County Health Department.
    • Students and staff will be moved from the classroom to a safe area until the classroom can be sanitized.
    • Self-health monitoring, prevention information and stay home if ill reminders sent to all persons at the facility.
    • A short-term closure of facility may be necessary.

    Stage 4 | Moderate Risk | Facility Closure | Previous 14 days show active COVID-19 cases exceeding 10% of facility occupancy. 

    • Entire facility and activities will be closed for a minimum of two days.
    • All students and staff move to Remote Live Learning (RLL).
    • Those in close contact of the confirmed COVID-19 positive persons will be asked to follow CDC health guidelines and the guidelines of the Ford County Health Department.
    • District-wide communication to staff/parents with self-health monitoring guidance.
    •  All auxiliary areas such as playgrounds and athletic fields are closed. 

    Stage 5 | High Risk | District Closure |  Mandated by Ford County Health Department, KDHE, or the Governor’s office.

    •  All USD 443 facilities close for a minimum of 14 days.
    • Students and staff move to Remote Live Learning (RLL).
    • Disinfection of all facilities and school buses.
    • All auxiliary areas such as playgrounds and athletic fields are closed.
    • Extracurricular activities are postponed or cancelled.

    Decisions are made with the best information at the time and are subject to change with limited notice. When considering any modifications or closures, the number of available staff members will be taken into account. 

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    Transportation

    • DCPS will follow state/national guidelines. 
    • KSDE is advising Kansas School Districts that the CDC is exercising its enforcement discretion to NOT REQUIRE that people wear masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs. CDC Updated Mask Requirement article

    • Face Masks While Driving the School Bus

      • With respect to masking on school buses, please note the following from the CDC:  Effective February 25, 2022, CDC is exercising its enforcement discretion to NOT REQUIRE that people wear masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs.